Originally Posted by dobent4
I think BMW calls them windscreens or something, i'm referring to the rubber (or similar) thingies that are mounted on the sides of the fairing, right in front of where your kness would be.
My right one broke in two at the joint where it attaches to the pan under the motor.
If anyone has any experience with this I'd love to hear it.
Back when I owned my '04GT, I had some experience with them.
An Ohio BMW dealer's tech tore mine at the spot that you refer to. I don't believe the rookie "tech" knew that it was a one piece wind guard that spanned the 2 panels. Tore it when disassembling. Dealer bought me a new one , I installed it. Oh yeah, they forgot to install the turn signal bulbs/sockets into the nose piece when they reassembled. Oh yeah, and they didn't align the stud and grommet in the middle of the side panel when reassembling, Permanently dimpled the middle of the l/s side panel. No biggie, only a $700.00 part as I recall. Smoothed mine back into acceptable shape with a heat gun and some patience.
Sorry, got distracted. Blood pressure spiked.
Upper side panel has to be removed. Not hard to do. Buy a cheap power bit driver from Sears if you want to save time. They have one for $30.00 or so with torque setting and a built in light. Even comes with the right size torx as I recall. Double check that though.
Anyway, take off the side panel, lay it, on its face, on a blanket or rug etc., Remove the nuts that hold the wind guard on and replace with new wind guard. Threaded studs are molded into the back side of the wind guard. Guessing $100.00 maybe 150. Or, just leave it as is and buy some alcohol. If it's aligned properly, no one will know but you.